Link to Hope
Project Shower Block 1, 2 & 3
Where Cluj Napoca, Romania
Who The people of the surrounding villages
What is it? These are shower blocks that are built in the communities of very poor families in order for them to be able to wash themselves and their clothes and to help minimise illness and infections.
Impact Direct Impact – 500+ people, Indirect Impact – Several 1,000 people

Can you imagine not being able to take a shower and struggling to keep you and your family clean.  Not being able to have the resources of running water, going to a well and dragging heavy buckets of water back to you home.  On top of this illnesses due to poor hygiene become rife and sickness takes hold.

Link to Hope through the generous help of our supporters have managed to set up two shower blocks in very poor village in Romania and we are now onto our third one.  In this particular village we visited there was no resources for a shower block at all.  However one of the men from the village had dug a hole from the road up to the houses with a pick axe in the belief that one day, somehow, there would have one.  After the Kayak Challenge last year we visited this village and were so impressed that supporters gave funds and we were able to send them out.  There have been some delays but finally they are underway and here is the latest update on what is happening in the village of Mintiu, Romania.

Cornel Fedor our project manager gave us this report ” Today I was to inspect the situation in Mintiu. I want to see the building progress and the pipe in the ground. The building is in a good progress , compared with last time. The walls are up, the roof is done, the ceiling is installed and the walls are plastered with cement glue. The window is in place to. Now they prepare the doors holes. The pipes ( the sewer pipes and water pipes) are in the ground about 50 % of distances.( probably about 45- 48 meters )”

One of the best things about this project is that they have a well near by that they will draw water from a well near by.  In addition to this, because the village are determined that their children go to school and get educated and make sure they attend.  The local council are so impressed by this that they have agreed to supply them electricity and connect them to the main grid.  Therefore there are no running costs for the village.  The children also benefited from Bags of Education full of school supplies that helped them in being able to stay and perform well at schools.